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Shiekh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of Dubai approved and officially announced the Dubai Metro Blue Line project on Friday 24th November 2023.
According to Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), this 30 KM Blue Line Metro service will have 14 metro stations, among them 9 are elevated stations and 5 are underground stations. This new development will not only curtail distance but will connect to some primary areas of Dubai and give a breathtaking view of the city while travelling.
It’s the first metro project that will cross over the historic Dubai Creek along a 13,00-meter-long viaduct supporting the elevated railway and will connect Al Jaddaf with Dubai Festiva City and Dubai Creek Harbour.
The Blue Line is planned at the intersection between the Red and Green Lines, making it easier to make a journey that used to take 80 minutes, in under 20 minutes.
RTA has shared the route, passenger capacity, travel time, cost & benefits, and service interval between stations. Here check this.
Locals of Dubai get this blue line service in 9 key areas including Dubai International Airport (DXB) Mirdif, Al Warqa, International City 1 and 2, Dubai Silicon Oasis, Academic City, Ras Al Khor Industrial Area, Dubai Creek Harbour and Dubai Festival City. According to RTA this travel time between these destinations is 10 to 25 minutes.
Blue Line is a part of Dubai 2040 urban master plan and it will connect to 9 major areas and 5 urban centres including Deira, Bur Dubai, Dubai International Financial Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Business Bay, Dubai Marina, JBR, Expo 2020 and Dubai Silicon Oasis Centre.
Mattar Al Tayer, RTA director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors, noted around one million individuals living in the areas covered by Blue Line will directly benefit from the project.
It’s a 30 KM metro project of which 15.5 KM will be underground and 14.5 KM will be elevated rail and the stations are also accordingly. Also, the project is planned with with largest underground interchange that covers an area of 44,000 sq. meters. The interchange station point will be Creek Station on the Green Line, Centrepoint Station on the Red Line, and Dubai International City Station 1.
The Blue Line metro project is estimated approx. 56,000 passengers on a daily basis per hour from both directions at 1.5-minute service intervals.
Cost & Benefits
This latest public transport project will be built at a cost of DH18 billion and it will expand Dubai’s railway network to 131 KM including 78 stations and 168 trains. The benefits of the project will be clearly visible by 2040 and it will reach Dh. 56.5 billion. The project will save a lot of time and fuel, will decrease accidental cases, and lower carbon emissions and traffic congestion as well.
Its impact will largely be shown in the value of real estate property also, as the Blue Line covers major areas of Dubai and property appreciation will increase up to 20 per cent.
Dubai Blue Line Metro Completion
The Blue Line metro project will be accomplished by 2029 On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Dubai Metro.